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Aston Martin Cygnet To Launch With Two Salt-and-Pepper Special Editions

On: Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 3:33PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Ahhhh...my least favorite Aston Martin to write about. Ever. It's the portly nugget known as the Cygnet—or as a tarted up, overpriced Toyota iQ if you prefer. And I do prefer.

Well, despite my utter disdain for the Cygnet, I suppose this is about the best that it can get. Aston Martin announced last week that it will kick-off Cygnet production with two limited edition models, one Black and one White. The understated look of the neutral Cygnets is definitely better than some of the zany customization options that Aston will make available to customers.


King Caddy

On: Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 3:28PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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You've seen the commercials by now.  "Fastest sedan on the planet" and "0-60 in 3.9 seconds" while some anonymous figure shifts through gears in a cockpit that looks like it belongs in the movie Tron.  If, like most commercials, you don't remember what the actual product was through the haze of bright lights and quick images, it was General Motors' M5-fighter, the Cadillac CTS-V.  The car itself has been around since 2004 in a few different formats.  The 'V' designation was GM's answer to the luxury car market's idea to use a letter or series of letters to tell the world this is the 'fast' version of the car.  Whether it's V, M, S, F, AMG, Type-S, SS, IPL, Z, the list keeps climbing as more and more car companies are jumping on the alphabet soup  bandwagon, which at this point could be coined the Bandwagon QRS, just so you know that's the faster bandwagon model.  But I digress ... 

 

The V in CTS-V should stand for Very Fast.  The latest rendition of the CTS-V does live up to the hype those commercials promise.  Currently, the CTS-V is the fastest production sedan in the world thanks to the 6.2 liter supercharged LSA V8 under the hood (borrowed from its stablemate the Corvette ZR1)  The "detuned" mill pumps out 556 horsepower 551 lb-ft in stock form.  Now for most of us, that should be enough.  To have the fastest sedan in the world is well ... Enough really.  But then, to guys like John Hennessey, fast has a different connotation altogether.  Apparently 550 horsepower is the beginning for Hennessey.


UAW Teams Up With NFL Players

On: Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 3:14PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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The United Auto Workers union is teaming up with the National Football League Players for a potential “brothers-in-arms” type of co-mingling as the NFL players square off against the owners and face a potential lockout. The first step of this new union merger is for all UAW members to sign an online petition of support for the football players. Beyond that, it could mean auto workers standing shoulder to shoulder with players on a picket line.

“It doesn't matter if you work on the assembly line or on the line of scrimmage, You still have a boss, and the boss is still out to take what he can from you.” Gary Casteel, a regional director of the UAW, said in a speech this week to a UAW conference in Washington.


Saab Plans To Unveil 9-5 SportCombi Wagon At Geneva This Year

On: Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 11:03AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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The dust won’t be settled on the Detroit Auto Show when the next big auto extravaganza begins. This time all eyes in the automotive industry will be focused on the 81st Geneva International Motor Show. The show will run from March 3rd  through March 13th at the Geneva Palexpo. One of the 82 auto manufactures scheduled to priemier new cars at the show will be Saab. Saab will introduce the all new 9-5 SportCombi wagon. This reimagined SportCombi will gets its inspiration from the 9-5 sedan. America buyers will have to hold back their excitement until the fall when the car will become available at North American dealerships for the first time.


 

Ethanol Fuel Standards Get A Boost From EPA

On: Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 8:29AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Back during WWII, Americans were encouraged to start their own Victory Gardens. By growing their own produce they could effectively take the burden off farmers, who needed to send food to the men and women fighting overseas. These gardens were all the rage. Now, new versions of Victory Gardens are cropping up all over as more and more folks are turning to the “organic way of life” to feed their families. One by-product of a home garden could be feeding your car as well. The EPA announced today that they are easing the mixture content on gasoline and ethanol from 10% limit to a boosted 15% limit. Good news for people who want to make more home-grown fuels. Bad news for automakers, so they say.


New Video Of The Tesla Model S

On: Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 2:38AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Next year, the Tesla Roadster will get a larger brother. Originally shown in 2009, the Tesla Model S is an electric sedan that will package Tesla's electric powertrain know-how in a more practical, more affordable car for the masses. Tesla is still refining and developing the Model S and has released a new video of the latest version of the sedan.

The Model S here is an Alpha version that Tesla is currently testing with plans to build the Beta version later this year. The newest prototype features much of the same styling as the original, but gets a few changes, including the new air intakes up front. View the video after the jump.


LaHood Continues To Voice Safety Issues Regarding Distracted Driving

On: Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 3:49PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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It seems like a fairly clear-cut case of the law of cause and effect in action; when you drive, a quick distraction can cause an accident. A person driving on the road needs to process many factors all in a simultaneous rotation: what’s in front, what’s in back, what’s to the sides, what’s the speed, what the road like. That’s a lot to keep track of when you’re moving a massive amount of steel at high velocities. Now add into that mix the distraction of texting, talking on the phone, and otherwise being distracted with gadgets and gizmos and you can see what this is matter of concern for many. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has made distracted driving top of the list of his safety agenda.

“We will not be deterred by false choices about addressing distracted driving on the one hand and alternative critical safety issues on the other,” LaHood said today in Washington. He was responding to criticism from the former head of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Jeffrey Runge.


New Ford Transit Taxi Runs On Natural Gas

On: Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 1:33PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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In many major metropolitan centers, taxis are the lifeblood of the transportation system. Without them, many folks would be stranded. If you really want to know what’s going on in a town, ask a cabbie! It’s also a lot of fun when you’ve got an enthusiastic cabbie who is willing to share his/her stories with you. Over in the Windy City of Chicago, there’re going to be some welcome new additions to their cab fleet in the form of the Ford Transit Connect Taxis. These are the alternative-fuel cars that are getting rave reviews from passengers, drivers, and citizens alike.

In each major city, the Taxi Medallion Management runs the cab fleet and gets to say who drives what. The Chicago version of the Medallion Management branch ordered up 12 of the clean-burning compressed natural gas or CNG for their fleet. These new taxis will fly the banner of the Yellow Cab Chicago.


Spyker Aileron C8 Spyder To Get Corvette ZR1 Power?

On: Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 12:48PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Nearly two years ago, at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, the Netherlands-based supercar-maker Spyker announced a Spyder version of its second-generation C8 Aileron. It unveiled the model a few months later in Pebble Beach and the world was astounded by the muscular, aero-inspired, electric/hydraulic-roofed beauty. Unfortunately for that world—particularly the wealthiest segment of it—the Aileron Spyder has existed merely as a show car ever since. It shows its sexy face at big auto shows around the world, but has not yet made it out of the factory, despite production originally being planned for the first half of last year.

Sure, Spyker has been busy with acquiring and resurrecting Saab, but is it too much to ask for them to focus on their bread and butter?


GM Creates Technological Chief Position

On: Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 10:55AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Over the past few years, the technological and automotive industries have been tied more and more closely. Cars are now controlled with the help of advanced computer systems, and advanced GPS systems help drivers navigate and find businesses and services that they need. Over the past two to three years, the amount of technology in vehicles has spiked, extending to such features as in-vehicle Wi-Fi, voice-activated texting and email, and advanced smartphone-integrating infotainment systems.

So it should come as no surprise that companies are looking to compete and one-up each other on vehicular technologies. And in order to position itself as a technological leader, GM created a new senior executive post to oversee its technology efforts. The company named Vice Chairman Thomas Stephens its first Global Chief Technology Officer.


Full Frontal Of Pagani Huayra Leaked

On: Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 10:04AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Our first look at the uncovered Pagani Huayra. The leaked photos originally came from the cover and pages of Car magazine. Some kind-hearted chap scanned the cover in and released it unto the Web for all to ogle. After that leak Cars.UK, which had its own photo of the car, decided it was time to take advantage and published a second photo (above). Kind of puts the ki-bosh on Pagani's painfully drawn-out teaser campaign doesn't it?

In addition to giving a full walkaround of the car, the leaked magazine pages also put an end to the name debate: it's officially the Huayra, somewhat disappointing because I liked Deus Venti a lot better. But perhaps Pagani fancies itself as the "God of the Winds" and the Huayra is just one of several winds that it's created.